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2018 W’Cup: S’Eagles Gets Easy Draw

Posted: Jul 26, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Peter Edema Lagos

Super Eagles has been handed an easy second round 2018 FIFA World Cup second round opponent.



In the draws that held on Saturday Nigeria will play winners of first round tie between Djibouti and Swaziland.

However, Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the draw.

While appealing for caution, Oliseh said that there were a number of reasons for him to be happy.

“Of course,I am happy with the draw,” Oliseh said.

“We are not playing the first round, which is a preliminary round and which we knew before the draw. We will also be playing the first leg of the second round away which means we have an advantage of playing the more crucial return leg at home, in front of our fans”.

The coach also warned against complacency, revealing that there were a lot of dangerous teams around that could hurt if taken for granted.

“Djibouti and Swaziland need to be given the respect that they deserve and either of them that we face in the second round will not be underrated. We respect every team and we will battle anyone that emerges with our full strength.

“With the draw now concluded, we can safely say that the race to Russia has officially started. I am optimistic we will run this race very well. We will give it our very best and pray it will be good enough to get us one of the five slots available for Africa,” Oliseh concluded.

It’s not only Nigeria that got such an easy draw. Most of the top ranked African teams; Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, Ghana, Algeria were also handed what looked like easy opponents.

Cameroon will play the winner of the first round tie between Somalia and Niger, while Cote d’ Ivoire will take on the winner of the first round tie between Liberia and Guinea Bissau.

Ghana was drawn against the first winner of the tie between Comoros and Lesotho.  Algeria, the top ranked African team will play winner of the first round tie between Tanzania and Malawi.

Egypt is drawn against the winner of the first round tie between Chad and Sierra Leone.

Rising Africa power house Cape Verde is drawn against the winner of the first round tie between Mauritius and Kenya. Senegal is drawn against winner of the first round tie between Central African Republic and Madagascar.

Mali will play the winner of the first round tie between Eritrea and Botswana, with Guinea playing the winner of the Gambia and Namibia.

But some second round teams have known their opponents as they will not have to wait for the winner of first round winners. In these categories is Morocco which will play Equatorial Guinea, South Africa drawn against neighbours, Angola. Sudan is pitied against Zambia, while Togo will play Uganda.

Benin Republic second round foe is Burkina Faso, while Gabon has Mozambique hurdle to cross. Libya has Rwanda to contend with.

All the 25 second round winners will be drawn into five groups of four teams each with the group winners qualifying for the World Cup proper.